After 71 years, the Cleveland Indians are doing away with the team's Chief Wahoo mascot. MLB commissioner Rob Manfried said the logo, that some fans loved but others saw as racist and dated, was no longer appropriate for Major League Baseball. In recent years, the Indians began moving away from the Chief Wahoo mascot, instead replacing it with a black letter C.
Now, the mascot will be disappearing completely from uniforms in 2019. But, the smiling Redskin Chief will remain on merchandise in Ohio and Arizona, where the Indians hold spring training, allowing the franchise to retain control of the trademark. Many universities have already stopped using native American nicknames after the backlash from native Americans.
But professional teams from other leagues, including the NFL's Washington Redskins, have resisted calls for change.